Storm Déjà vu - Shades of 1995 Hurricane Marilyn

Storm deja vu - feels like the 1995 Hurricane Marilyn. Will I have to ride it out inside my kayak inside my Caswell Cove ground level condo?

It's 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 29th, 2012. I'm sitting here in my ground floor condo unit at Caswell Cove in Milford, watching the rising cove waters through the triple sliders. The choppy water's almost to the top of the rock wall, separating my back door from water entry by just a few feet across a small grassy strip. I'm emersed in the media coverage, yet praying not to be emersed in flood waters.

I realize I'm suffering from deja vu, recalling my experiences during the September 1995 Hurricane Marilyn while living in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. That was a Category 4 with 250-300 mph winds and several tornados. It completely tore apart and devasted the island, including my dwelling, belongings, and vehicle. And my business? Forget about it, nobody was wanting or needing public relations and marketing for several months - poof! Business gone, too.

To say living through that 1995 hurricane was a harrowing experience is an understatement. Post-storm the island was totally stripped of all folliage, with extreme debris and looting everywhere. No electricity, phones, and many other basics for weeks - stretching into months in some cases.

There was nowhere near the type of advance warning and preparation as we have been hearing in Connecticut for the last several hours, and I applaud all those for this advance preparation and keeping us informed. Ironically, a friend who evacuated her Surf Village condo and came to stay with me suddenly decided to leave and go stay with friends who live inland and on higher ground.

All my neighbors are still here. But now I'm second guessing my decision to stay. The kayak has been dragged inside. I hope my decision to stay won't cause me regrets and an indoor kayak ride later on tonight.

Can you see why I'm suffering deja vu? It would help me cope to read your comments, feelings, and experiences--please share via comments.

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Kat October 30, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Thank you so much for the update!! Glad to hear everyone at the complex is safe!
Priscilla Lynn October 30, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Power still not back on at Caswell Cove. Spent a few hours downtown Milford earlier, as power is on there. A few trees down, a couple on the Green, one at te Duck Pond and one in front of Parsons Government Center building. Was so happy to get coffee and breakfast at Cafe Atlantique, Came home to let out the dog, now I am headed back to my office at Milford Office Suites downtown to charge up the cell and laptop batteries.
Larissa Watt October 30, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Priscilla, I have a cellphone charger that operates without electricity if you need to use it. Just call or text.
Priscilla Lynn October 31, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Thanks Larissa, that's so very nice of you. Just got my electricity back on at Caswell Cove today. But your generosity reminds me of a favorite line of mine in the movie 'Starman.' Outerspace being Jeff Bridges turns to earth lady Karen Allen and states, 'You know what I like best about you human beings? When things are at their worst, you are at your best." That line always stuck with me, and certainly applies to all the outreach of help among folks I am hearing about and observing post-storm.
Priscilla Lynn November 01, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Power back today at Caswell Cove. Prayers for those still struggling without power and in worse devastation scenarios. Let's all be sure to reach out and help those in need.


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